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The Discussion Book by Stephen Preskill, Stephen D. Brookfield

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Chapter 1

Circle of Voices

Circle of Voices is a small-group exercise (four to six members) designed to secure early participation of all participants in a class, meeting, staff development training, workshop, or any other group event.

Purposes

  • To create an early opportunity for everyone to participate
  • To make sure the widest possible range of views are heard early on
  • To prevent a premature consensus or focus emerging
  • To socialize people into the habit of actively listening to others' contributions
  • To stop the most extroverted or domineering from having undue influence

How It Works

  • Start by posing a question, issue, or problem to the group.
  • Give everyone two minutes to think quietly about his or her responses. Stress that this phase ...

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